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The Massachusetts District Attorney’s Office just announced that former “Fuller House” actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have agreed to plead guilty to charges against them in the college admissions scandal. Which means that both Lori Loughlin and her husband will be going to prison.

Lori Loughlin To Plead Guilty And Accept Prison Sentence

Fox News reported that after fighting the charges against them for over a year, Loughlin and her husband will finally plead guilty.

The plea admits guilt to conspiracy charges related to them paying $500,000 in bribe money for college admission. The money was used to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California.

Loughlin’s daughter were both admitted to USC as members of the crew team even though neither girl had ever rowed before.

The D.A.’s office stated that at a yet-to-be-determined court date, Loughlin will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.

Giannulli will also plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.

Under the terms of their plea deal, which the judge still needs to accept, Loughlin will serve two months and pay a $150,000 fine.

She will then have two years of supervised release and have to complete 100 hours of community service

As for Giannulli, he would serve five months in prison, pay a $250,000 fine with two years of supervised release and 250 hours of community service. 

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U.S. Attorney Speaks Out 

“Under the plea agreements filed today, these defendants will serve prison terms reflecting their respective roles in a conspiracy to corrupt the college admissions process and which are consistent with prior sentences in this case. We will continue to pursue accountability for undermining the integrity of college admissions,” United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling said in a statement accompanying this announcement. 

Loughlin and Giannulli have become the 23rd and 24th parents to plead guilty in the college admissions scandal. Although the pair took much longer to do so than most of their co-defendants.

The two long claimed that they believed the $500,000 they gave to William “Rick” Singer, the mastermind behind the college admissions scandal, was a legitimate donation to USC rather than a bribe.

Prosecutors, however, were not buying Loughlin and Giannulli’s story from the start. And so they continued hitting the pair with more conspiracy and fraud charges. Eventually, the couple found themselves each facing up to 45 years in prison.

A few weeks ago, a judge refused Loughlin and Giannulli’s request to have their case thrown out. Their dismissal attempt claimed misconduct on the part of the prosecutors.

Perhaps it was this ruling that was the reality check. Rather than gamble while facing decades behind bars, this was the final straw that convinced them to take the deal.

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Lori Loughlin And Mossimo Giannulli  Should Have Plead Guilty Long Ago

The outlook certainly seemed grim for Loughlin and Giannulli if they continued to fight these charges. So it seems that they made the right decision in finally accepting their fate.

If only they had done this sooner, they could have saved themselves a lot of time, anguish, and embarrassment. 

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